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Weekend Box Office Report
February 8 - February 10, 2019




By Daniel Garris

Weekend Actuals Update:

With actuals now in, Warnerís The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part came in just under its weekend estimate with a softer than expected first place start of $34.115 million. Paramountís What Men Want also finished under its studio estimate with a second place debut of $18.232 million. Lionsgateís Cold Pursuit finished just ahead of its weekend estimate with a third place launch of $11.030 million.

Other weekend actuals for the frame include: The Upside ($7.083 million), Glass ($6.280 million), The Prodigy ($5.853 million), Green Book ($3.443 million), Aquaman ($3.202 million), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($3.044 million), Miss Bala ($2.745 million), A Dogís Way Home ($1.959 million), They Shall Not Grow Old ($1.708 million), The Wandering Earth ($1.685 million from 64 locations), Escape Room ($1.577 million), The Kid Who Would Be King ($1.451 million) and Bohemian Rhapsody ($1.302 million).

Weekend Estimates Update:

Warnerís The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $34.40 million. With the addition of $600,000 in preview grosses back on Saturday, January 26, the film has grossed $35.00 million to date. However, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part debuted well below expectations, which had tended to range from $50 million to $55 million heading into the weekend, and even further below the $69.05 million start of The LEGO Movie back in February of 2014. Despite healthy critical reviews, the five-year wait between proper sequels (in addition to the release of LEGO Batman and LEGO Ninjago spin-off films in 2017) clearly limited demand for The LEGO Movie 2 (with some of that having already been expected heading into the weekend). In opening well below both The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie ($53.00 million), it appears that the fad that helped drive earlier LEGO Movies is now fading away. The LEGO Movie 2 did open 68.8 percent ahead of the $20.43 million start of The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part started out with $8.55 million on Friday (including an estimated $1.50 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 4PM), increased a strong 83.0 percent on Saturday to take in $15.65 million and is estimated to decline 34.8 percent on Sunday to gross $10.20 million. The audience breakdown for the film skewed 57 percent male, 43 percent female, 55 percent under the age of 25 and 45 percent over the age of 25. With the aid of good word of mouth (the film received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore) and the upcoming Valentineís Day and Presidentsí Day holidays, The LEGO Movie 2 is likely to hold up well in the near future. However, the film will face significant new competition for family audiences beginning on November 22, when Universal and DreamWorks Animationís How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World enters the domestic marketplace.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part didnít light the international box office on fire either with an estimated $18.1 million from 63 markets. That places the early global total for The LEGO Movie 2 at $53.1 million. Debuts for The LEGO Movie 2 this weekend included $5.2 million in the United Kingdom, $1.7 million in Russia, $1.3 million in Poland and $1.1 million in Germany. The LEGO Movie 2 will open in Mexico on Valentineís Day, in France on February 20 and in Italy on February 21.

Paramountís What Men Want debuted in second place this weekend with an estimated $19.00 million. That was on the very low end of expectations, which had ranged anywhere from $19 million to $25 million heading into the weekend. While What Men Want had to settle for opening on the low end of expectations and didnít reach the usual box office heights of a Will Packer produced film, What Men Want was off to a very solid start this weekend with its $20 million production budget in mind. What Men Want opened 10.7 percent ahead of the $17.17 million start of last yearís Taraji P. Henson led Tyler Perryís Acrimony and 30.3 percent below the $27.26 million start of last yearís Will Packer produced Night School.

What Men Want launched with $6.60 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.25 million from Thursday night shows that began at 7PM), increased a respectable 13.9 percent on Saturday to take in $7.52 million and is estimated to decline 35.1 percent on Sunday to gross $4.88 million. Critical reviews for What Men Want have been lackluster, but the film looks to be going over better with audiences, as it received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore. Like The LEGO Movie 2, What Men Want will also look to receive a boost from the upcoming Valentineís Day and Presidentsí Day holidays.

Lionsgateís Cold Pursuit opened in third place with an estimated $10.80 million. That was in line with the filmís consensus expectations, which had ranged from roughly $9 million to $13 million. The Liam Neeson led Cold Pursuit opened 21.2 percent below the $13.70 million three-day start of last yearís The Commuter (which also starred Neeson and was also released by Lionsgate). Neeson came under fire this week for highly controversial remarks. Those remarks may have taken a minor toll on Cold Pursuit at the box office this weekend, but ultimately donít appear to have been a major factor, as Cold Pursuit had been expected to be a modest performer before the controversy erupted. Clearly, Neeson isnít the same box office draw that he was earlier in the decade. Critical reviews for Cold Pursuit have been good, but donít appear to have had much of a positive effect on the film this weekend.

STXfilmsí The Upside continued to display terrific holding power this weekend, as the film placed in fourth with an estimated $7.22 million. That represented a decline of just 16.8 percent. While The Upside held up nicely as well last weekend, the film was also hit harder than most last Sunday by the Super Bowl. In addition to rebounding from the Super Bowl, The Upside continued to benefit this weekend from strong word of mouth and may have also been helped out a bit by neither What Men Want nor Cold Pursuit breaking out this weekend. With a 31-day take of $85.80 million, The Upside is now a lock to pass the $100 million domestic mark. The film has grossed $8.9 million internationally to date, which places the current global total for The Upside at $94.7 million.

Universalís Glass also held up well this weekend with an estimated fifth place take of $6.42 million. Glass was down just 32.7 percent from last weekend. Like The Upside, Glass also experienced a post-Super Bowl rebound this weekend and may have also been helped from What Men Want and Cold Pursuit not breaking out. Glass is on the verge of passing the $100 million domestic mark with a 24-day gross of $98.48 million. While that is less than expected (and 12.5 percent behind the $112.50 million 24-day haul of 2017ís Split), Glass continues to have a very solid run with its modest production budget in mind. Internationally (where the film is being distributed by Disney), Glass grossed an estimated $6.6 million this weekend. To date, Glass has grossed $123.0 million internationally and $221.5 million globally.

Meanwhile, Orion Picturesí The Prodigy debuted in sixth place with an estimated $6.00 million. That was on the very low end of already modest expectations, which had tended to range from $6 million to $9 million. In this case, potential for The Prodigy was likely limited by the filmís R rating, as it is the type of horror film that would typically benefit much more from a PG-13 rating. Mixed critical reviews didnít do The Prodigy any favors this weekend either. The Prodigy will also face new competition in just a few days, when Universalís Happy Death Day 2U enters the marketplace this Wednesday (February 13). Orion Pictures will look to have a much stronger horror performer later this year with the release of Childís Play on June 21.

On the international front, Universal and DreamWorks Animationís How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World remained strong this weekend with an estimated $38.2 million. This weekend the film debuted with $6.92 million in Germany and $6.86 million in France (including previews in both markets). To date, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has grossed a healthy $138.7 million internationally. That is a positive sign for the film with regard to its upcoming domestic launch on February 22. Later this month, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will also open in Russia (February 21) and in Spain (February 22), before opening in China on March 1.

In other international news, Foxís Alita: Battle Angel debuted with a promising estimated $32.0 million from just 11 markets. International debuts for Alita: Battle Angel this weekend included $10.94 million in South Korea, $4.76 million in Taiwan, $4.19 million in the United Kingdom, $2.86 million in Malaysia, $2.84 million in Hong Kong, $2.47 million in Indonesia and $1.37 million in India. Alita: Battle Angel will launch throughout much of the rest of the world next weekend (with the exception of China and Japan, where the film will open on February 22 in both markets). Alita: Battle Angel will also open domestically on Valentineís Day, though the film isnít expected to perform anywhere near as well domestically as it is internationally.










Weekend Studio Estimates for February 8 - February 10, 2019.

Rank Film (Distributor) Weekend Gross Locations Location
Average
%Change Total Gross TG ų OW Week
1 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros.) $34,400,000 4,303 $7,994 NEW $35,000,000 1.017 1
2 What Men Want (Paramount) $19,000,000 2,912 $6,525 NEW $19,000,000 1.000 1
3 Cold Pursuit (Lionsgate / Summit) $10,800,000 2,630 $4,106 NEW $10,800,000 1.000 1
4 The Upside (STXfilms) $7,220,000 3,372 $2,141 -16.8% $85,800,366 4.215 5
5 Glass (Universal) $6,422,000 3,254 $1,974 -32.7% $98,476,580 2.442 4
6 The Prodigy (Orion Films) $6,004,403 2,530 $2,373 NEW $6,004,403 1.000 1
7 Green Book (Universal / DreamWorks) $3,567,000 2,149 $1,660 -18.0% $61,501,776 11.179 13
8 Aquaman (Warner Bros.) $3,300,000 2,202 $1,499 -32.4% $328,547,042 4.841 8
9 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony / Columbia) $3,040,000 1,726 $1,761 -33.2% $179,821,627 5.085 9
10 Miss Bala (Sony / Columbia) $2,725,000 2,203 $1,237 -60.3% $11,865,096 1.728 2
11 A Dog's Way Home (Sony / Columbia) $1,950,000 2,009 $971 -46.1% $38,928,019 3.460 5
12 They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros.) $1,670,000 827 $2,019 -31.5% $13,562,516 5.562 2
13 Escape Room (Sony / Columbia) $1,650,000 1,339 $1,232 -43.5% $54,690,233 2.999 6
                 
  The Kid Who Would Be King (Fox) $1,500,000 1,846 $813 -64.7% $15,714,805 2.191 3
  Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox) $1,300,000 839 $1,549 -28.5% $210,564,432 4.124 14
  The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019 (Magnolia / ShortsTV) $912,000 265 $3,442 NEW $912,000 1.000 1
  Bumblebee (Paramount) $860,000 976 $881 -55.3% $125,765,470 5.808 8
  The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) $800,000 605 $1,322 -48.7% $30,200,041 11.591 12
  Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) $762,000 842 $905 -62.6% $169,695,344 7.214 8
  Vice (Annapurna Pictures) $645,657 707 $913 -43.1% $45,215,710 5.820 7
  A Star is Born (Warner Bros.) $550,000 456 $1,206 -38.4% $208,735,869 4.865 19
  On the Basis of Sex (Focus) $507,000 416 $1,219 -51.6% $23,823,747 3.924 7
  Cold War (Amazon Studios) $500,859 270 $1,855 -4.7% $2,882,559 5.218 8
  The Mule (Warner Bros.) $470,000 503 $934 -47.8% $102,622,904 5.861 9
  Stan & Oliie (Sony Pictures Classics) $450,827 352 $1,281 -40.3% $4,323,793 3.500 7
  Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney) $355,000 398 $892 -53.3% $197,585,984 3.513 12
  Free Solo (National Geographic / Greenwich) $307,200 153 $2,008 -75.5% $15,916,212 13.883 20
  If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures) $274,477 266 $1,032 -43.5% $13,769,884 5.721 9
  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (FIP) $250,000 193 $1,295 -58.8% $1,040,595 1.715 2
  Capernaum (Sony Pictures Classics) $140,773 63 $2,234 +19.2% $734,063 5.215 9
  Serenity (Aviron Pictures) $125,000 283 $442 -92.7% $8,446,614 1.913 3
  The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) $100,015 99 $1,010 -29.3% $9,101,062 8.110 26
  Arctic (Bleecker Street) $82,619 15 $5,508 +62.4% $149,526 1.810 2
  Destroyer (Annapurna Pictures) $77,645 144 $539 -69.3% $1,450,952 5.744 7
  Everybody Knows (Focus) $75,000 4 $18,750 NEW $75,000 1.000 1
  Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year (STXfilms) $70,000 67 $1,045 NEW $117,195 1.674 1
  Second Act (STXfilms) $70,000 127 $551 -83.3% $39,203,344 6.041 8
  Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (Universal) $65,000 110 $591 -21.4% $270,599,960 4.005 14
  Never Look Away (Sony Pictures Classics) $40,465 3 $13,488 +110.9% $109,438 2.705 3
  The Invisibles (Greenwich) $36,000 18 $2,000 +6.1% $120,428 3.345 3
  Perfectos Desconocidos (Lionsgate / Pantelion) $32,500 83 $392 -4.3% $1,000,870 2.368 6
  Lords of Chaos (Gunpowder & Sky) $28,086 4 $7,022 NEW $28,086 1.000 1
  Replicas (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures) $8,400 29 $290 -50.4% $4,037,541 1.700 5

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